Al Jackson to bring a night of laughs to Williamsport
For his upcoming show at Kimball’s Pub, 972 Second St., 8 p.m. Sunday, Al Jackson said the audience is in store for an “anything goes” show.
“We’re gonna talk like adults. Nothing is off limits,” the triple-threat Jackson said. Spreading his talent across many aspects of the comedy world, he’s not only a comedian, but also a writer and a producer. Jackson currently is producing the show, “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal” on truTV and has been featured on a variety of different shows, including “Last Comic Standing” and his own 30-minute special on Comedy Central.
“That was kind of my big break,” he said of the special, which was released nationwide.
For Jackson, comedy wasn’t always in the cards for a career choice.
“I originally started using comedy as an outlet for every day life. I never thought about it doing it for a profession,” Jackson said.
He had been a seventh grade teacher for four years, keeping stand up comedy as a hobby. Once the hobby turned into something that Jackson knew he was good at, he decided to take the plunge, quit teaching and pursue comedy full time.
“I started getting fed, if nothing else. After a while, I was like, ‘Yeah, this might be a viable way to make a living. And it’s something I’m pretty good at,’ ” Jackson said.
“It got to the point where I was travelling a lot and I didn’t want to shortchange my students,” he said. “So I made the decision, I wanted to jump off that ‘cliff.’ “
Jackson also mentioned his appearance on MTV’s “MADE” as a coach, which he felt was another good avenue for breaking on to the comedy scene. “I got a chance to show a different side of me,” Jackson said. “MADE”?features participants who work with a coach to achieve goals that people might not expect from them. In the episode, Jackson coaches an aspiring stand up comic.
Everyday life is a huge factor for inspiration, one that Jackson said gives him a constant stream of comedy.
“I definitely take inspiration from every day. Being a father, husband and stand up comic; it gives me a wealth of things.”
His subject matter stretches from his hilarious encounter with lactose intolerance, to his “Dad Laws,” where he gives his son advice for the future.
While his subject matter has no limits, Jackson isn’t worried about his kids hearing the adult humor he covers.
“That ship has passed. When they hear it, they will hear it as adults. I think once we stop lying to ourselves about experiences we have, we will appreciate them more.”
Fans can keep up with Jackson, an avid social media user, on Twitter, @AlJackson, to stay updated on his antics and upcoming performances.
Kimball’s will open the doors at 7 p.m., and comedian Adam Degi will open the show.
For more information, call Kimball’s at 570-322-1115.